The Benson High School track and field teams competed in their first meet of the season last Saturday in Douglas at the Ted James Invitational.

“I was very impressed with the effort our athletes put in to their events,” first year head varsity track and field coach Randy Barney said. “I felt that everyone was doing their best, being positive and working hard.”

The varsity boys team finished third overall of the 11 teams competing. Safford took first with 177 followed by Nogales with 125 and Benson with 101.

Placing for the boys were: senior Steven Coleman second in the 110 hurdles and second in the pole vault; junior Nicholas Redmond second in the 300 hurdles and fifth in the 110 hurdles; junior James Coleman first in the pole vault; sophomore Sean Laura third in the 110 hurdles and fourth in the high jump; sophomore James Lerblance sixth in the 400; sophomore David Teso first in the discus, fourth in the pole vault, and sixth in the javelin; sophomore Ryan Francione third in the 300 hurdles and eighth in the 110 hurdles; sophomore Blake Johnson fifth in the shot put; sophomore Rolando Carrillo third in the javelin; and freshman Joey Akers sixth in the 800.

The 4x100 team (Redmond, Lerblance, sophomore Alexis Torres, and sophomore Gabriel Osuna) placed fourth; the 4x400 team (S. Coleman, J. Coleman, Redmond, and Teso) placed third.

The girls’ team finished fifth overall of the 11 teams competing. Nogales took first with 156, Thatcher second with 110, Safford third with 100, Douglas fourth with 67, and Benson in fifth with 61. Placing for the Bobcats were: senior Amanda Nelson first in the pole vault, second in the 100 hurdles, and third in the javelin; senior Dalia Moroyoqui fifth in the 1600 and fifth in the pole vault; senior Lacie Duerinch third in the pole vault; sophomore Amity Hall fifth in the 400; freshman Brooke Schmidt seventh in the 800; freshman Madison England fourth in the 100 hurdles; and freshman Briley Barney sixth in the pole vault.

The 4x100 team (England, sophomore Brooke Sarappo, junior Lanyah Cannady, and freshman Maggie Barker) placed fifth; the 4x400 team (Duerinch, Hall, Moroyoqui, Sarappo) placed fourth.

This year’s Bobcat coaching staff includes: head coach Randy Barney who works with the vaulters and horizontal jumpers, Coach Brandie Teso who coaches the sprinters and the relays, Coach David Teso who coaches the throwers, Coach Tori Moncada and Coach Larry Owens who coach distance, Coach Deann Elsmore who coaches the high jumpers, and Coach Dirk Elsmore who coaches the hurdlers.

This year’s team captains include: seniors Steven Coleman and Dalia Moroyoqui, and sophomores David Teso and Blake Johnson.

The Bobcats will be competing again on Friday, March 13, in the Santa Cruz State Qualifier in Eloy.

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